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harmattan
a dry dusty wind that blows from the Sahara to the Atlantic coast of Africa during the cool months
improvident
lacking foresight or thrift
kola
an African tree whose nuts contain caffeine and yield a flavorful extract
impending
about to happen; imminent
intricate
complex, elaborately detailed, hard to follow
cowries
brightly colored, glossy mollusk shells used as money in parts of Africa and Asia
prowess
bravery, valor; skill
ultimatum
a final demand whose rejection ends negotiations and leads to a use of force or other strong action
potent
powerful
imperious
overbearing, arrogant, domineering
emissary
a person sent on a mission
interim
a period between; meantime
capricious
whimsical, flighty, tending to change suddenly and without reason
malevolent
wishing harm to others
oracle
a person or place believed to reveal messages from a god or spirit
void
emptiness
matchete
a large, heavy knife used for cutting cane and clearing paths
abomination
something hateful and disgusting
kite
a bird of the hawk family
cassava
a tropical plant having edible starchy roots
tendrils
the threadlike parts of climbing plants
sisal
a tropical plant whose leaves produce a fiber used in making rope
luxuriant
lush, teeming, growing abundantly
tubers
the thick, fleshy parts of underground stems, such as potatoes
brusqueness
curtness; rough and abrupt speech
kindred
a group of relatives; kin
benevolent
wishing good to others
atone
to make amends
exacting
strict, demanding; arduous, difficult
poignant
emotionally moving
ultimate
final, utmost
communion
the act of sharing thoughts and feelings with others
calabashes
the dried, hollow shells of a tropical gourdlike fruit, used for bowls
foo-foo
an African food made from boiled and mashed yam, cassava, or plantain
tentative
hesitant, uncertain
pottage
a thick soup or stew of vegetables with or without meat
consoled
made less sad; comforted
persistent
stubborn, persevering, refusing to give up
grandees
people of high rank
prophesied
predicted; foretold
entrails
inner organs, intestines, guts
feign
pretend
harbingers
persons or things that announce what will follow
plantains
tropical banana plants whose coarse fruit is eaten cooked
raffia
a palm tree whose leaves yield a fiber used in making baskets, hats, etc.